Lead ammunition causes dozens of bald eagle deaths

01/15/2012 | Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)

About 25 to 30 eagles die each year in Minnesota from lead poisoning after eating the remains of deer hunted with lead ammunition, according to veterinarian Pat Redig, who is the head of the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center. As the cost of lead-alternative ammunition, such as copper, comes down, more hunters may make the switch, which would help the area's eagle population.

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